Food & History: November 17
1749 French cook Nicolas Appert born. He developed the method of preserving by canning.
1857 H.N. Wadsworth of Washington DC gets the first American toothbrush patent.
1869 The Suez Canal opens to shipping, linking the Red Sea with the Mediterranean Sea.
1936 Swish chef Fredy Girardet born, considered one of the best in the world.
1988 Wal-Mart opens its first Super Center in Oklahoma carrying fresh meat, produce, and many other standard supermarket products.
1996 The World Food Summit concludes promising full effort to ease world hunger.